Airport authority could release 2 acres for development |

Airport authority could release 2 acres for development

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Reno-Tahoe Airport Land Use Plan |

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) Land Use Plan provides a basis for future development while also preserving adequate land for existing and future airport operations and facilities. All land owned by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority in proximity to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is identified in the RNO Land Use Plan, which was adopted on March 12, 2015.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) is proposing changes to the adopted Reno-Tahoe International Airport Land Use Plan to allow for the transfer of approximately 2 acres of land from Airfield Support use to Development Support use. Airfield Support use includes all land and facilities that are needed to support the runways and taxiways such as navigational aids, fueling facilities, maintenance and service operations, emergency response and FAA required protection areas. Development Support use is essentially all available vacant lands and leasable buildings that can support non-aviation related developments to help diversify and stabilize the Airport Authority’s cash flow. The 2 acres of land includes a 9,200-square-foot single story concrete building with Vassar Street frontage.

The RTAA owns several buildings along Vassar Street, east of Terminal Way. The building located at 2750 Vassar Street is no longer needed for Airfield Support purposes. As a result, the building and some adjacent land have been recommended to transfer from Airfield Support use to Development Support use. A copy of the currently adopted RNO Land Use Plan and the proposed amendment can be downloaded at the airport website under the Airport Plans section.

The public comment period for the proposed amendment began on Friday, June 10, 2016, and will remain open for 16 days, closing at 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Public comment can be emailed to

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Also, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority President / CEO Marily Mora provided a presentation at the Sparks City Council meeting highlighting the first annual passenger growth in a decade at RNO in 2015. Air cargo handled at the airport in 2015, at 138 million pounds, was up 7.1 percent over 2014.

2015 provided the best recorded year of cargo lift in the history of RNO and the addition of eight new flights in the past 16 months.

The presentation highlighted the Regional Air Service Corporation, a private/public marketing group created to grow and sustain business and leisure air service for the Reno-Tahoe region. Future airport growth includes the Reno-Stead Airport Business Park, 1,700 acres ideally located for aerospace, data, advanced manufacturing and logistics.


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